I remember breastfeeding was something I knew I wanted to do, that bond with my child no one who ever break! After all formula is expensive!!
In March 2008 I had a breast augmentation and in July of that same year I found out I was going to be a mom. I started to do research on my birth options and didn’t think about the possibility of not being able to provide the nutritional value from the breast to my daughter. It wasn’t until I met my midwife, Daymarys, about three months into my pregnancy that I started to tell her about my dreams and goals during and after my pregnancy.
I learned about the possibility of having issues but that it wasn’t as common as if I had a breast reduction. This news gave me some relief but only time would tell. I didn’t buy any bottles or formula I didn’t want to set myself up for failure. Moments after giving birth to Faith I placed her on my breast and began to form our bond. Faith and I breastfeed for 18 months, Michael and I for 4 months and Aria and went 2 1/2 years.
My time with each of them will last me a lifetime of memories and a bond. For them it gave them a lifetime supply of antibodies. I don’t say that breastfeeding is right for everyone but I got to see the benefits for everyone of my child. I know that it was the right choice for me and if I ever had another child I would do it again.
Ending my breastfeeding relationship with each of my children was difficult and took some time for me to come to the realization that it was time but at the end I felt amazing with my decision.
What wil you decide, who will be your support person? Will they continue to encourage you even when you feel you are going to fail? I hope so because I never had anyone I know make me feel like I was wrong or needed to be ashamed.